NAMES AND ADDRESSES
Of the Delegates present at the Conference of American Friends in Indianapolis, Indiana.
FROM OREGON YEARLY MEETING.
Alfred T. Ware, Marshalltown, Iowa.
“Alfred T. Ware, of Oregon: I feel the importance of the suggestion that J. J. Mills made that the delegates to this Conference are here upon important business and that should be the first consideration of the Conference. I believe the Friends of this place will feel the truth of the fact that their consideration is of second importance. Feeling that the importance to the delegates is first, I. believe we ought to leave the other matter out of the question for the time being.”
“Alfred T. Ware, of Oregon: As seconding the motion that Edmund Stanley made, I would be willing to vote for the substitution if it was understood that those who have already made speeches could not rehearse and make them over again. With that understanding, I would be willing to vote for it, and not otherwise.”
“Alfred T. Ware, of Oregon: I have only one thought, and that is this : that I believe we as ministers have been too afraid of being called book agents and agents of papers. I wish that we as ministers might have just what we feel safe in putting into the hands of every member of the church, and going to a home urge that family to take that periodical or buy this book, and not be ashamed of the fact that we were acting as agents of such a periodical. I hope we may come to the time when our ministers may act as agents without having to advance money which there is some doubt of their being able to secure by the sale of the publication.”
“Alfred T. Ware, of Oregon: If it can be made very clear and plain that the meaning of this will be the same as in the other revisions, it will be safe. The weakness is that to-day the world is filled, and young people’s minds are being filled with this teaching that the scholarship of the world is all on one side, and that is the danger. It is considered to be sufficient that the scholarship of the world is undoubtedly without any question or argument on the one side; there is no possibility of question because all the scholarship now that amounts to anything is on one side; and that is taken as sufficient. If this part of the resolution can be made so explicit as to be understood, that this must be a committee of revision as we have had in the past that has given us the revised version of the Scriptures, then I would be willing to receive and accept it.”
“Alfred T. Ware, of Oregon: I will explain. I said that the minds of our young people to-day are being filled with this teaching that all the scholarship of the world that amounts to any thing is on the side of this higher criticism. That is the thought, while it is very far from the fact. That is the danger of the last part. That was my argument, that the danger of the last part of this resolution was that a great many young people are getting the thought to-day that the scholarship of the world is all on one side—which is untrue.”
Proceedings of the Conference of Friends of America, by Friends General Conference (US), Society of Friends Conference, 1898